Farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Bill Roberts, 86, was an All-State halfback at Wagoner High in 1943. Hitchhiked to Oklahoma City so he could play in the annual All-State Game. Offered a football scholarship to Oklahoma A&M, but he was drafted into the military to serve during World War II. After the war, Roberts played football for Northeastern State in Tahlequah on the G.I. Bill. He supported a young family by working as a custodian and as a door-to-door salesman peddling pots and pans. Coached football and baseball at Muskogee High School, before starting a legal career in the railroad industry. Retired as a district judge in Lawton.
*Former Wright City High School basketball coach Mike Rice died at age 66. Rice had been battling Hodgkin lymphoma. Rice guided Wright City to six state tournament appearances, including two runner-up finishes. The Lumberjax had a 339-163 record during 18 seasons under Rice, who was a 6-foot-6 post player at Southwestern State and Minco High.
*Kent Kennedy of Oklahoma City helped Harding win the city junior high football championship in 1963. He then attended Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Mo., where he played golf. Kennedy enjoyed the links the rest of his life; a family obituary said one of Kennedy's greatest thrills was playing the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. The businessman died at age 65.
*Ralph Huddleston, 87, played basketball at Capitol Hill High School under C.B. Speegle and then spent 31 years as a coach. Huddleston was a physical education teacher and basketball coach at Jackson Junior High School in Oklahoma City. A family obituary said during “his 30-plus years as a coach, he changed and touched countless lives.”
*D. Eric Green, 56, of Tulsa coached youth football and basketball. ... Marcene Russell McClain, 70, was the Collinsville High School football homecoming queen in 1959. ... Wendall Baxter, 85, award-winning athlete at Okmulgee High School. ... Oklahoma City native Sean Swindell Grywalski, 42, was a master printer who printed the official T-shirt for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. ... Homer Boyer, 87, managed the Yukon Bowling Alley. ... Robert Collins, 83, was an award-winning golfer who had one ace. ... Marshall Kiefner, 24, was a catcher for the Westmoore baseball team. Also on the drum line for the Jaguars' marching band on Friday nights.